Master John Borie Ryerson

Master John Borie Ryerson, 13, was born 16 December 1898 in Illinois, USA.

He boarded the Titanic at Cherbourg with his father Arthur Larned Ryerson, mother Mrs Emily Ryerson and sisters Emily Borie Ryerson and Suzette Parker Ryerson. Their eventual destination was Cooperstown, NY.

John, his mother and siblings were rescued in Lifeboat 4. Jack had been initially denied entry into the boat by Second Officer Lightoller but his father Arthur Ryerson protested that he should go as he was only 13. Lightoller relented.

John Ryerson helped Walter Lord with research for his book A Night to Remember but otherwise refused to discuss the Titanic.

John B. Ryerson
John B. Ryerson in Palm Beach, Florida, in the 1970s at a golfing tournament.
(Courtesy of Michael Findlay)

John Borie Ryerson who died 21 January 1986 in Palm Beach, Florida was the last survivor of the Titanic in the Ryerson family. His wife, Jane Morris Ryerson was born 6 February 1909 and died in March of 1990, also in West Palm Beach, Florida. They had no children.



Jack Ryerson

Articles and Stories

Freeman's Journal (Cooperstown, New York) (1986) 
New York Times (1986) 
New York Times (1915) 
The Evening Post (1912) 
Evening Bulletin (1912) 
Daily Home News (1912) 


Michael Findlay, USA
Phillip Gowan, USA
Arthur Merchant, USA

References and Sources

Freeman''s Journal (Cooperstown, New York), January 29, 1986, Obituary
State of Florida Certificate of Death
Walter Lord (1976) A Night to Remember. London, Penguin. ISBN 0 14 004757 3

Link and cite this biography

(2018) John Borie Ryerson Encyclopedia Titanica (ref: #256, updated 2nd February 2018 18:07:15 PM)

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